African American Reparations

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African American Reparations: A Conceptual Research
Aims and Objectives Racial differences in socioeconomic status (education, income, occupation, health) are well-documented. Research by Gaskin, Headen, and White-Means (2005) found that black people have a higher rate of cardiovascular diseases, breast cancer, and diabetes compared to the rest of the population. They are less likely to receive optimal care for their health conditions, therefore, they are more likely to die from their diseases. Furthermore, black people are three times more likely to live in poverty than white people, and their median household earnings are significantly lower than whites. Slavery, Jim Crow laws, and other forms of discrimination contributed to African Americans’
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The research will address African American’s wealth, education, income, and health in relation to other groups. In addition, the research will demonstrate how the United States contributed to problems within the African American community. Furthermore, the research will discuss which (specific) reparations had the greatest impact. Lastly, the effect reparations had on social status is examined.
Relevance to Professional or Academic Field
There is a substantial body of research regarding African Americans social status, reparations, and the associated historical context. However, there seems to be very little literature regarding the impact of reparations, and if it remedies socioeconomic problems within the African American community using an analytical framework. The analytical framework enables the researcher to conceptualize the problems within the African American community, evaluate reparations from a theoretical perspective, and validate existing research (Smyth, 2004).
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Secondary sources include electronic databases such as Google Scholar, CORE, JSTOR, NCBI, and Questia. The paper will employ sources that focuses on African American social issues as well as reparations. There are three specific streams of research that would direct the data from the aforementioned secondary sources. The streams of research will focus on defining elements of African American’s social status, evaluation of groups that received reparations, and an analysis of reparations that may be of benefit to the African American’s socioeconomic concerns. Subsequently, a framework will be developed for the purpose of understanding why African Americans has not received reparations, and which reparations will have the best impact on their social status. The framework will be applied to existing research on the same subject for validation
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